BFF '21: Tapes from the Attic

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmBFF '21: Tapes from the Attic

Showing: 11 November 2021

CertificateNot Rated
DirectorArt O’Laghaoire, Danny Devenny, Orla Walsh
Running Time1HR 30MINS
SeasonBelfast Film Festival

Tapes of previously unseen footage of a number of Republican prisoners who took part in the 1981 hunger strike were recently discovered in the attic of a house in Dublin.

The filming took place in December 1990 when the prisoners were released for a week on Christmas parole. Almost 16 hours of footage was recorded by Art O’Laghaoire, Danny Devenny, and Orla Walsh.

Others filmed at the time, as part of the 10 Years On project, included Bernadette McAliskey, Mary Nelis, and Gerry Adams, two female prisoners who were in Armagh Women’s Prison during the hunger strike, and former prisoners who were part of the Anti-H-Block/Armagh campaign on the outside.

Screening as part of the 21st Belfast Film Festival. Please note: all tickets are sold via the Belfast Film Festival box office. If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking:

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